Who We Are

Learn more about The WKC Board of Directors in this Profile Series!

Board of Directors

Elisabeth Searles

Vice President
Bruce Habegger

Barbara Lawry

Daniel Birnbaum

Nour Abouhaib

Michael Herstand

Jen Kuhn

Jenine Osbon

Mary Pratt

Jerald Stein

Ian Stell

Rachel Watson


Patrick Barnes

Executive Director

We’re excited to welcome our new ED, Patrick Barnes, to the WKC team! Patrick grew up in Stamford, NY and attended Stamford Central School, graduating in 2008. During high school, he served as a West Kortright Centre Junior Board Member, helping to book singer-songwriter Amos Lee. He then attended Ithaca College, majoring in Photography and minoring in Art History; lived in Philadelphia, where he ran a digital fine art printing studio; then moved to New Orleans to pursue a Master’s degree in Arts Administration, which he received in 2018. For the past four years, Patrick has worked at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana.

Here, Patrick reflects on his journey from The WKC, to New Orleans, and back: “I am so thankful for New Orleans and the incredible community and cultural exposure it has afforded me, but living here has only crystallized my desire to advance the arts in my own hometown. Upstate New York, and culture bearers like the West Kortright Centre, gave me so much growing up, and I am honored, humbled, and beyond thrilled to be coming home to continue that legacy.

One of the reasons I felt compelled to pursue a Masters in Arts Administration was the importance of my interaction with the arts growing up, namely at places like the West Kortright Centre. The performances I saw at The WKC as a kid and teenager still loom large in my memory, and were integral in shaping the person I became. As a kid growing up in the Catskills, it was an awesome privilege to see these luminaries – Greg Brown, Colin Hay, Leon Redbone, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Holmes Brothers, and the list goes on – grace the stage of the WKC. I owe a debt of gratitude to my community for providing me these experiences, but also for creating a uniquely Catskills space in which we could all come together and celebrate the arts.”

Sarah Weigel

Aministrative Coordinator

Sarah Weigel joined the WKC team as our Administrative Coordinator in March 2020, when she moved back to Milford, where she was born and raised. After five years in the film and event production industries in NYC, it was time to swap bustling commutes and corner delis for dirt road drives and a veggie garden. Sarah is thrilled to add her professional experience to our beautiful and unique events space.
Caitlyn Davey, WKC

Caitlyn Davey

Social Media & Marketing

Caitlyn has been a part of The WKC team since 2015. She grew up in Delaware and Otsego County and is a graduate of the Leadership Otsego class of 2014. Caitlyn holds a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art & Design (2004) and is active in the local arts community as a working metalsmith/jeweler. A mother of two, she is passionate about rural community enhancement, youth development, and STEM/STEAM education; Caitlyn has served on the board of Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) since 2012. Caitlyn left her position as Assistant Director in the autumn of 2020 but has since rejoined the team as a social media & marketing contractor. WKC-related media can be sent to Caitlyn via Dropbox to caitlyn@westkc.org.


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